Centennial, Princes and Assembly of Bishops.

Centennial, Princes and Assembly of Bishops.


Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy”, the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. I’m Emmy Louvaris. These are some of the stories making headlines the week of Friday, October 7th, 2016

  • Greek Orthodox in Jacksonville, FL Celebrate Centennial and Groundbreaking
  • Charles, Prince of Wales, Visits the Russian Convent in Gethsemane
  • Assembly of Bishops Gather in Detroit for Annual Meeting

Centennial Celebration

First Up, St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Jacksonville, FL celebrated their centennial on Sept. 24th.

The third oldest Greek Orthodox church in Florida, it is superseded only by Tarpon Springs and Pensacola. At one time the parish lines of St. John the Divine extended from Tallahassee, on the west, to the towns of Valdosta, Thomasville, and Waycross, Georgia, on the north, to Titusville, Florida, in the South. Many parishes throughout those regions including Tallahassee, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, and St. Augustine were extensions of the St John the Divine community.

Planned were a weekend full of activities, including a memorial service to honor parish ancestors, a groundbreaking ceremony for the future site of St. John the Divine, and a celebratory banquet with keynote speaker and member of the Greek Orthodox Faith, former Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell.

Among those present in the celebrations were His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios, many parishioners, and the families of those who founded the church 100 years ago.

Recapping the celebration in a letter to his parish, Senior pastor Reverend Dr. Nicholas Louh said “The weekend celebration of the Centennial of our parish was a series of exhilarating, historical events and services for St. John the Divine… The Holy Spirit was truly in our presence as we celebrated our one hundred years of worship to God as well the new beginning of a second century of worship as we transition to our new home on Beach Blvd.”

You can hear Fr. Louh’s sermon on myocn.net in his series entitled “Walking in Faith” found under the “watch” tab.

Charles, Prince of Wales Visits Convent in Gethsemane

And next up, on Friday, September 30, concluding his visit to Israel for the funeral of Shimone Peres, Prince Charles of Wales visited Gethsemane Russian Orthodox Convent.

Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky), Chief of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, greeted the royal guest at the gates of the convent and shared the history and daily life of the monastery.

He also showed Prince Charles the Church of the Resurrection of Christ and other holy sites of the holy city.

Prince Charles then approached the crypt of the Holy Grand Duchess Elizabeth, upon which he laid a bouquet of flowers from the homeland of his grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, who was a niece of the saint. After The Prince toured Gethsemane Convent, met the Abbess and spoke to the students of the Orthodox Bethany School for Girls, he emerged from the church and headed for the crypt of Princess Alice.

Archimandrite Roman performed a brief litany of commemoration, and Prince Charles laid down flowers upon the grave and lit a candle and then requested to remain alone in the crypt.

Honoring the memory of his grandmother and expressing his profound gratitude he then departed for the airport.

Assembly of Canonical Bishops Hold Annual Meeting.

And lastly, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America convened their 7th Annual General Assembly Meeting in Detroit on October 4, with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Antiochian Basilica of Saint Mary in Livonia, Michigan.

Work commenced with an opening address by the Assembly Chairman, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, who greeted and welcomed the hierarchs, encouraging them that “…when we speak together as an Assembly of Bishops, we do so with the authority of the Church; we do not speak as jurisdictions or merely as representatives, but as a single body of Orthodox Hierarchs who are committed to sharing the transformative light of Christ with our local society.”

His Eminence began his remarks with an expression of gratitude and with reflections on the Holy and Great Council which met in June in Crete.

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America is one of thirteen bishops’ assemblies that have been established in different geographical regions throughout the world.

It is made up of all the active, canonical Orthodox bishops of the U.S., of every jurisdiction.

Its purpose is to preserve and contribute to the unity of the Orthodox Church by helping to further her spiritual, theological, ecclesiological, canonical, educational, missionary and philanthropic aims.

Social Networks and Kids Part 1

Being a parent isn’t easy. It can often feel overwhelming. Throw in the Internet, social networks, computers, mobile, and gaming devices and things can often seem impossible. But you aren’t alone. Thanks to a collaborative effort between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Technology Safety Through the Eyes of Faith, www.faithandsafety.org, was established as a resource now available to give you some simple, straightforward advice and tools on how to navigate this digital world with your family.

Log on to myocn.net click the Orthodox News Tab and access the article under the “Read” section.

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That brings another edition of “This Week in Orthodoxy,” to a close. Wishing you a Blessed Week, for everyone here in our OCN studios, I’m Emmy Louvaris. Let’s go forth in peace.



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Emmy Louvaris

Emmy Louvaris is the host of This Week in Orthodoxy, the first weekly news show to cover the international Orthodox Church and community.